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Medical Marijuana Rule Development

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Medical Marijuana

Washington state health officials are developing new rules to clarify the medical use of marijuana.

The rules are part of recent legislative changes to a law passed by voters in 1998.

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The legislature directed the state Department of Health to determine what constitutes the 60-day supply of medical marijuana. The legislature also called for a report on how patients could gain access to adequate and safe sources of medical marijuana. The report is to be based on research, expert advice, public input and the best practices of other states.

"There's a lot of interest in these new rules and how they'll affect the law," said Blake Maresh, who is directing the rules effort for the agency. "This is the first step. We want to hear from anyone interested in the topic."

Public workshops will he held in Seattle, Spokane, Yakima, and Vancouver in mid-September. Comments may also be submitted in writing to [email protected] Following the public workshops, the draft rules will be filed and formal hearings on them will be held.

A medical marijuana Web site is available online to keep people informed on the rules process, the schedule for the public hearings, and other issues related to the medical use of marijuana. It includes the option to sign up for regular e-mail updates on the rulemaking effort.